Frances F. (quiltgal) - Reviews

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Adventure Guide to the Bahamas (Serial)
Review Date: 4/6/2006


This is a general tour guide of the Bahamas, places to stay, where to go, dive sites, sailing, hiking, biking, tourist info, etc. and some general lore about the islands. Published 1996. Somewhat out of date now, but general info always valuable.


Alaska Wilderness Milepost
Alaska Wilderness Milepost
Author: Alaska Northwest
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 4/24/2006


Excellent, extensive travel guide for Alaska Wilderness. "Detailed descriptions of 250 towns and bush villages and more than 50 state and National Parks, monuments, wildlife refuges, wilderness areas and National Forests in Alaska."


Alaska's Parklands: The Complete Guide
Alaska's Parklands: The Complete Guide
Author: Nancy Simmerman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/15/2006


Good reference book for anyone traveling to Alaska.


Atonement
Atonement
Author: Ian McEwan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/2/2008
Helpful Score: 1


I found the writing style a bit overdone, too descriptive, and it caused my interest to wane. The story is probably a good one, but I couldn't get past the sometimes elaborate verbiage.


The Bagel Bible: For Bagel Lovers, the Complete Guide to Great Noshing
Review Date: 4/6/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Very specific cookbook. Good for its genre.


Body Surfing
Body Surfing
Author: Anita Shreve
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 259
Review Date: 6/27/2009
Helpful Score: 1


I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I usually like Anita Shreve's books, and was a little disappointed in the beginning when it seemed a very predictable sort of story. However, the twists and turns came along and I ended up feeling it was up to Shreve's usual high standards.


Charles Kuralt's America
Charles Kuralt's America
Author: Charles Kuralt
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/16/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Thoroughly enjoyed this chatty book! Kuralt goes on a 12-month tour of America, staying in a different region each month. He describes the people, local culture and surroundings of each in a most engaging, personal manner.


The Children's Blizzard
The Children's Blizzard
Author: David Laskin
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 73
Review Date: 11/5/2011


This is an amazing tale, graphic and sad, but speaks in a true voice of the hardships pioneers of the period suffered. I found some of the weather information sections a bit too lengthy and detailed for my taste, but certainly some scientific explanations were necessary to understand the inconceivably powerful forces at work the day of the blizzard. The author did extensive research in both factual and oral histories. Most of the book does read as a novel, and proves the point that a true story can be even more riveting than fiction! All in all, a great read for anyone interested in history and our westward expansion.


A Common Life: The Wedding Story (Beloved Mitford, No. 6)
A Common Life: The Wedding Story (Beloved Mitford, No. 6)
Author: Jan Karon
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 241
Review Date: 4/24/2006


I have loved all of Karon's Mitford books!


Doctors
Doctors
Author: Erich Segal
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 42
Review Date: 4/6/2006


Traces careers of several doctors from medical school through mature careers. I found it had a somewhat slow start, but ended up thoroughly enjoying it.


Farewell To Mananar
Farewell To Mananar
Author: Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James Houston
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 4/12/2006


Wonderful book!


Favorite daytrips in New England (A Yankee magazine guidebook)
Favorite daytrips in New England (A Yankee magazine guidebook)
Author: Michael Schuman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 4/6/2006


Great ideas for day trips! On the back: "...here are detailed descriptions of a full 40 New England trips, each a Yankee favorite, and each lasting a day or less. Whether with family or friends, you'll find art galleries, exciting gondola rides, relaxing boat trips, elaborate mansions, and museums with everything from dog sleds to dinasaurs. Each trip introduces you to still another facet of New England's unique character."


The Fiddler in the Subway
The Fiddler in the Subway
Author: Gene Weingarten
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/28/2011


Some amazing stories in this collection, and the best part is that they are all true life experiences! There is a wide variety of content, from humorous, heartbreaking and inspiring.


Frommer's 96 the Bahamas Including Turks & Caicos: Including Turks and Caicos (Frommer's Complete Travel Guides)
Review Date: 4/6/2006


Good book, somewhat out of date now, but some general info always pertinent.


The Glorious Cause
The Glorious Cause
Author: Jeffrey Shaara
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 38
Review Date: 4/6/2006


Great book about American REvolution. Historical fiction.


Hawaiian Journey
Hawaiian Journey
Author: Joseph G. Mullins
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 5/11/2006


This is a most interesting history of the Hawaiian islands, with many old pictures included.


How to Attract Birds (Ortho Library)
How to Attract Birds (Ortho Library)
Author: Michael McKinley, Ken R. Burke
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/15/2006


Back of the book description: "Learn to attract the birds you love by filling their needs for food, water, shelter, and nesting sites. learn to buy or make birdhouses that will attract your favorite birds. Ideas for birdbaths, pools, and plantings that attract birds to your home and garden."


The Ideal Cheese Book
The Ideal Cheese Book
Author: Edward Edelman, Susan Grodnick
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 9/24/2006


I have not used, but on the back: "A complete, up-to-date book about American and international cheeses and how to recognize and buy them, as well as over 130 recipes, including many from famous personalities, for cooking with cheese...Edward Edelman is the owner of the Ideal Cheese Shop at 1205 Second Avenue, New York; he has contributed to Food and Wine and the New York Times, and has taught courses at the New School. Susan Grodnick is a professional food writer who wrote the Four Seasons' Spa Cuisine with Seppi Renggli as well as articles for Elle, Food and Wine and other publications."


The Journey West (California Pioneer, Bk 1)
The Journey West (California Pioneer, Bk 1)
Author: Elaine Schulte
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/24/2007
Helpful Score: 2


The plot is very uncomplicated (perhaps even sappy) and predictable. However, I did enjoy the very graphic descriptions of the wagon train during its trek across the plains. Those were quite good, I thought.


The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/17/2006
Helpful Score: 1


This is a wonderful book! So many layers! The characterizations are so carefully drawn, and so human. Frailties are exposed, yet in ways that are so understandable from different points of view. This book will be around and enjoyed for a long time.


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